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Legislative Reports are prepared by Norm Pawlewski, our full-time State Legislative Lobbyist. Norm joined IFFC with prior lobbying experience and a strong commitment to the pro-life cause.

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IOWA FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION LEGISLATIVE REPORTS

Norm Pawlewski – Lobbyist

February 11, 2014

Webcam Abortion Prohibited HF 2073

“An act relating to the use of telecommunications technology in termination of pregnancies and providing penalties” was fast tracked through the Human Resources Committee of the House of Representatives and is now Committee Bill HF 2175.

The bill was drafted and introduced by Rep. Matt Windschitl (R) and co-sponsored by the following eighteen Republican House members:  Rep. Dean Fisher, Rep. Mark Costello, Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa, Rep. John Landon, Rep. Tedd Gassman, Rep. Dan Huseman, Rep. Mark Brandenberg, Rep. Jarad Klein, Rep. Walt Rogers, Rep. Megan Hess, Rep. Ron Jorgensen, Rep. David Maxwell, Rep. Chuck Soderberg, Rep. Sandy Salmon, Rep. Larry Sheets, Rep. Dawn Pettengill, Rep. Greg Heartsill and Rep. Jason Schultz.

HF 2073 was debated in the Human Resources Committee for about five hours, with a few breaks allowing the Democrats time to discuss who was going to say what in opposition to the bill.  The nine Democrats on the committee repeated, ad nauseam, the Planned Parenthood talking points, repeating most of PP’s distortions of what the procedure entails and how safe it is for the women who avail themselves of this method of disposing of their baby.  Rep. Kevin Koester, who chaired the subcommittee for HF 2073, remained cool and polite while staunchly defending the merits of the legislation which, if enacted, would deny Planned Parenthood of their most profitable, gruesome and risky method of removing babies from the protection and sustenance of their mother’s womb. Rep. Koester was pummeled by silly questions and charges designed to get him off message.  He didn’t fall for it and deserves the thanks of all life-honoring Iowans.

As I said earlier, this bill, now Committee Bill HF 2175, is on a fast track and may be debated on the House floor in the very near future.  I expect a party-line vote, with the exception of one Democrat, Rep. Dan Muhlbauer, who has voted pro-life in the past.  Another Democrat, Rep. Nancy Dunkel, has told her Dubuque constituents that she is pro-life.  We shall see.

I hope you will call your state representative and urge them to vote for HF 2175.  Before you do, go to the Iowa Right to Life web site and get the FACTS about webcam abortions www.iowaRTL.org. Planned Parenthood propaganda about these abortions is parroted by every liberal newspaper in the state.  Democrats who get sizable campaign contributions from PP do not want to risk losing their blood money and, therefore, will not do what is right but what is profitable for them and for PP.

When you read the factual information about this awful health insult, the lies told to the women who consent to chemical abortions and the crass commercialism of Planned Parenthood, you will wonder, as I do, how this can go on in Iowa, the only state in America where abortion by “Skype” is being committed.

There are a number of bills we are tracking which deal with gas tax increases and alternatives to fund road and bridge repair, Common Core, abortion, etc.  But most of these bills will die after the first funnel which is scheduled for February 21st.  We will then have a better idea of which bills should be of concern and need action.

~~Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.~~Romans 6:12, 13, 14

ADDENDUM

As I said earlier in this report, this bill was on a fast track.  Before we were able to get my report about the Human Resources Committee action out to you, it was put on the Calendar, debated and passed by the full House on a 55 to 42 vote.  I will have more to say about that in my next report.  In the meantime, contact your state senator.  Urge them to vote HF 2175 through that chamber.

For more information about these Bills from the Iowa Legislatures homepage, click here.

 

January 22, 2014

2014 Legislature Convenes

On Monday, January 13th, the second session of the 85th General Assembly began. The legislators in both chambers met just long enough to hear from the leaders of their party how they expect to work together to do the people’s business and then go home so they can campaign, get elected, and come back in 2015 to “work together again” to do the people’s business. I think I’ve heard that before….the “working together” part. Will they? We will see.

On Tuesday, Governor Terry Branstad gave his Condition of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate. Taking into consideration the state of the nation and compared to many of our neighboring states, Iowa is in pretty good shape. We have a budget surplus. We can pay our bills. Unemployment is about half of what it is in most other states; and we are adding jobs and businesses. That’s not bad.

The Governor announced an effort by his administration to make Iowa a more military veteran friendly place, not just for Iowa vets, but any vet who would like to attend college at Iowa’s three state universities. If that translates into legislation, we will bring those bills to your attention.

On Wednesday, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady gave the Condition of the Judiciary address, also to a joint session of legislators. As for content, it was pretty much like all recent judiciary addresses…..”We are doing a good job with what we have, but we need more.” He asked for more money to raise the salaries of judges and additional staff to cope with an increasing case load. He did not mention that he got an $8,000 raise this year. His salary is now $178,538 a year. To be fair, this is the first raise that Cady and his colleagues have received in five years.

As I said, the content of his address was right on par with his and previous Chief Justices, but I detected a definite change in style and tone. This was a kinder, gentler Chief Justice, not the elitist, arrogant attitude conveyed in the past. He even employed a favorite tack of liberals, the heart tugging, personal tale of a beneficiary of the “Family Treatment Courts” program. A program designed to help families in turmoil as a result of substance abuse by a family member.

After listening to Justice Cady’s address, I believe the Governor should request nominees for future vacancies from the state’s social workers instead of the state’s lawyers.

Ever since Iowans exercised their constitutional privilege to remove judges periodically, the Supremes, in general, and Cady in particular, have been “campaigning” to convince the citizens of Iowa that the Iowa Judiciary is their friend and benefactor. They have been “speechifying” at small gatherings of like-minded Iowans all over the state. Of course I’ve never heard that they made a presentation at a conservative, constitutionalist, or biblical worldview group. I wonder why?

On Thursday, the Legislature had a short session, did some committee work, and went home for the long weekend.

In the coming weeks, I will alert you to the bills I believe will be of interest. There will be pro-life legislation, at least one gas tax increase bill, some education related legislation, and other House and Senate files to peak your interest in your state government at work. Keep the faith!

~~He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me, and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him and disclose Myself to him.~~John 14:21

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